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April 15, 2016

Virginia (13-27, 3-9 ACC) vs. North Carolina (23-19, 7-8 ACC)
Date/Time April 16-17, 2016 | 3 p.m. (Saturday); 5 p.m. (Saturday); 12 p.m. (Sunday)
Location Charlottesville, Va. | The Park
Coverage | | | Live Audio – Game 1 | Live Audio – Game 2 | Live Audio – Game 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia (13-27, 3-9 ACC) softball team hosts its final home series in Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend with a three-game set against North Carolina (23-19, 7-8 ACC) at The Park.

Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 3 p.m., while Sunday’s finale is set for a noon first pitch. Admission to all games is free, but fans who can’t make it out to the games can follow the action through live stats and a live audio broadcast linked at Fans can also get updates on the team’s official Twitter account @UVASoftball.

Saturday’s game will be a Military Appreciation Day as the Cavaliers provide a “Salute to Service”. It will be Senior Day on Sunday as the Cavaliers honor a pair of women for their contributions to the program.

Virginia is entering the weekend after a high-offense output against Syracuse in the last outing that saw the Cavaliers score an average of six runs per game in slugfests with the Orange.

Junior catcher Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) leads the Virginia offense with a .285 batting average to go along with six home runs, 30 RBI and a .496 slugging percentage. Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) has matched the six home runs by Park and is second on the team with a .455 slugging percentage.

Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) leads the scoring for the Cavaliers, tallying 26 runs scored and is 12-of-13 on steal attempts, while Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) has drawn a team-leading 19 walks to only 12 strikeouts this season.

Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) leads Virginia in the circle with a 10-17 record through 33 appearances and 24 starts. She has struck out 99 batters and walked only 41 through 160.2 innings of work and held foes to a .294 batting average. She has a 3.18 ERA with only 73 earned runs allowed on the season.

North Carolina enters the weekend coming off a series win at Boston College last weekend and a mid-week win over Charlotte earlier this week. The Tar Heels are led offensively by Kristen Brown with a .387 batting average, 14 home runs and 44 RBI.

In the circle, Kendra Lynch has been the pitcher of choice with a 19-14 record through 39 appearances and 32 starts. She has a 3.85 ERA with 125 strikeouts and 70 walks through 211.0 innings of work. She has turned in 22 complete games, three shutouts and a save to lead North Carolina pitchers.

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